“Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”
2 Timothy 2:10 KJV
Have you ever noticed that to most Christian’s way of thinking about salvation that this scripture doesn’t make any sense?
Most people think of “salvation” as having a salvation experience in which they have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior which in turn allows them entrance into Heaven when their body dies on this earth.
According to that concept, this verse (and others) makes no sense whatsoever because Paul is already talking about “the elect.” Now, some would argue that this reference was to the Jewish people but Paul was never called to the Jews but tot he Gentiles. He is talking to the church! People who have already had what is typically thought of as a “salvation experience.”
The answer to this seeming inaccuracy of scripture lies in the true definition of the word “salvation.”
According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the original meaning of this word “salvation” is: “to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):–heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.”
Paul is saying here that he is paying the price for teaching and preaching so that the people of God, the body of Christ, may learn how to obtain the healing, the safety and protection, the deliverance, the prosperity and completeness that belongs to them in their salvation package that is in Christ Jesus ALONG WITH the eternal glory that most people think of as “salvation!”
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